Shakespeare Week Attracts Over 1000 Schools

Over 1000 schools have signed up to join in with our first Shakespeare Week from 17-23 March 2014.

05 September 2013

Shakespeare Week will unite teachers, students and their families with a range of cultural organisations across the UK, including galleries, theatres, cinemas, museums, libraries and heritage sites, in a national celebration of Shakespeare’s creative and cultural influence. The aim of the campaign is to give every child in Britain a fantastic first encounter with Shakespeare.

After registering their interest on our dedicated Shakespeare Week website, teachers will be able to access a range of free resources to help them build Shakespeare’s life and times into a range of subjects across the school curriculum. The resources will primarily be aimed at 9-11 year olds, but many of them are easily adapted or already suitable for other ages.

Registered schools will also receive copies of the Passport to Shakespeare, which will act as an ongoing record of each child’s engagement with Shakespeare. The Passport rewards holders with discounts and incentives to attend exhibitions, productions and events held by participating organisations across the UK.

We hope to involve over 3 million children and their families by Shakespeare Week 2018, so we are thrilled at this early response to the campaign. Jacqueline Green, Head of Learning and Participation said, “This demonstrates the strength of demand for creative new ways to engage a new generation with Shakespeare and his rich creative legacy.”

Shakespeare Week has been awarded public funding by Arts Council England to support its development and establishment over the next two years. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is seeking additional funding and working alongside education, arts and heritage and politics organisations to ensure that Shakespeare Week becomes an annual fixture in the primary school calendar.

To find out more or register to take part, visit